Sunday , May , 10 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Dirk Nowitzki: Last Night Was the Toughest Loss of My Career

The finish to this Game 3 was so wild and contentious that things were still happening some two hours after Carmelo Anthony, with one second left, followed his driving dunk with an all-net dagger from the wing to grab a 106-105 victory for the Nuggets that almost certainly has finished off the seething Mavericks.

"I think this is about as tough a loss as I’ve been a part of in my 11 years in the league," Nowitzki said.

It’s a claim Nowitzki made without knowing that the NBA would later issue an official statement admitting that the referees — as Dallas loudly insisted afterward — made a mistake when they failed to call an intentional foul committed by Antoine Wright just before Anthony’s game-winning triple … which Melo promptly ranked as the biggest shot of his life.